My name is Claudia. In 2008 I was struggling and homeless. I was staying in a shelter along with two of my four daughters in South Florida. I felt so bad not being able to provide a home for my children and their father was not helping me. Finding out I was pregnant again was so difficult. Finding out the baby was a boy (the son I had always dreamed of) was exciting but also heartbreaking because I did not want to bring another child into the world when I could not provide. I felt desperate.
One day I met a woman in the shelter who told me about ACF Adoptions and how they helped her find a family to love and take care of her child. She said the people at the adoption agency treated her with respect. I called the agency and immediately felt comfortable with the people I met. I remember Stacey and Ginger and Nika – a beautiful group of women who helped me with my adoption plan. I picked a family from Paris, France to raise my son. I got to meet them because they traveled here to adopt him right after he was born! They were so happy and I could see they fell in love with him right away. I know my son is loved and he has a great life because the family sends me pictures and letters so I know about his school, his friends and all the fun activities he is involved in.
Although adoption is not easy I am positive I made the right choice. ACF Adoptions have always been there for me since the adoption if I had questions or needed some emotional support. My son is now 13 years old and doing well. He is happy, healthy and loved.
Where do I start? I am an only child and started on this adoption process later than I expected. I first started out in foster care and we took care of 2 children before we gave up in the process. But as fate would have it we now are taking care of our first foster daughter because her mother asked us to. I tried for 9 years to adopt but it was not meant to be. After many 'failed' attempts we were able to find this little one. It was a fluke really. His mother made a Safe Haven plan at the hospital and Robert called us after she had been gone for 12 hours. I called my husband and we decided right then and there we would love to have him in our lives. We call him our hurricane baby because he was born between Irma and Maria. We picked him up at 2 days old at Roberts office. Then about 7-10 days later his birth mother inquired about her little one. We were panicked when we got a call from Robert, but he spoke to us and reassured us. We met with her about a week later and she chose us to give him the best life. It was wonderful connecting with her and her young son. The rest is history. We could not have done this without ACF and Robert's help.
When we were looking for an adoption agency as a prospective adoptive family, ACF was recommended to us for their strong moral compass and diligent commitment to supporting expectant mothers. This was of utmost importance to us and something that ALL of the staff at ACF demonstrated at every step of the process. Knowing that they were making decisions grounded in respect for individuals in vulnerable positions gave us a lot of peace.
As our out-of-area placement agency, ACF made each step of the process as seamless as possible. Their clear communication, detailed advanced notice of upcoming steps, and responsiveness to questions put our minds at ease that we were in good hands. ACF worked effectively with the home study agency and facilitated the Interstate Compact on the Placement of Children so we could quickly bring our little one home. Both during termination of parental rights and at finalization, ACF was very professional and thorough in ensuring that all necessary paperwork and processes were completed.
ACF was also very LGBT-friendly. From the beginning, we were treated like any other prospective parent. Additionally, ACF was forthcoming and transparent about the realities of wait time and provided regular updates to keep us informed. This helped us remain hopeful but realistic that one day soon a little one would join our family.
Ultimately what made us most pleased to have selected ACF was their warmth and kindness. The adoption process for us, like many others, comes with a wide range of emotions including many moments of uncertainty and vulnerability. In these moments, the support from ACF was invaluable. They were also there celebrating with joy when we were matched, placed, and finalized. We are forever grateful to have had ACF staff, who now feel like part of our family, along with us on this journey.
Lisa and Ashley
Hello! My name is Nicole. ACF adoptions and Stacy Levine (my social worker) are total life savers! From the day they rescued me from homelessness to this day still sharing on progress in my life, they have been so caring and considerate treating me with the utmost dignity and respect and above all loving kindness. I feel like family. They really went the extra miles to make sure me and baby got everything we needed and more to have a safe and happy pregnancy. They took such care of us. I am absolutely in love with the family I chose and I can rest easy knowing I made the right decision for us. They worked very closely with me every step of the way. Thank you ACF Adoptions for this experience which couldn't have been any better. I'm grateful your in the world and I would recommend you to anyone who got pregnant and considering adoption by either placing a baby or a family looking to adopt. Thank you so much!